The opponent and a 9 a.m. tipoff concerned Truman coach Billy Guinnee.

The opponent and a 9 a.m. tipoff concerned Truman coach Billy Guinnee.

“Raytown is better than its record, athletic and has a couple of good shooters,” he said.

Guinnee’s worries about a Truman sleepwalk effort were needless.

A brilliant first half set the pace as Truman rolled to an easy 78-48 Patterson Division victory over the Blue Jays in the opening game of the William Jewell Holiday Basketball Classic Monday.

“I got up at 6:30 and was ready to play,” said Antonio Winn, who with 12 points was one of four Patriots in double figures. “At practice Sunday Coach said to come out and be ready to play and focused.”

The Patriots took Guinnee’s advice to heart.

Truman had only two turnovers and hit 58 percent from the field in rolling to a 44-22 halftime lead in sealing the win and improving to 7-2. Pressure defense also lead to 13 Raytown turnovers

For the game Truman had only eight turnovers and shot 56 percent from the field with nine 3-pointers.

Perhaps the most victory-clinching statistic was 18 assists on 30 baskets. Winn and Brian Salter each had four.

“It was pretty good for a 9 a.m. game,” Guinnee said. “It was our most complete game of the year. Having only eight turnovers is pretty good.”

A narrow Raytown 32-30 rebounding edge, including 16-9 offensively, was all that marred the crisp Truman effort.

“We came out ready to play,” Winn said. “It’s a team thing.”

Truman, which was in control 58-37 after three quarters, is the No. 4 seed in perhaps the tournament’s most difficult division.

Zach Large led Truman with 15 points and Darrien Harris added 14. Senior J.T. Skoch and junior David Franklin came off the bench to score career highs of 12 and 8, respectively. Eleven Patriots scored in the rout.

“I am playing a little better and getting more shots,” said Large. “We had a good start. Everyone seemed to be making shots.”

Andre Jordan’s 19 points powered Raytown (2-6). The Blue Jays were only 35 percent from the field.

Truman meets undefeated Raymore-Peculiar (7-0) at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the semifinals.